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PPE supply for care workers was 'inadequate'

24/11/2020

The social care sector was ‘left to fend for itself’ during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an investigation into supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Tougher tier system unveiled under COVID Winter Plan

24/11/2020

Every area of England will be placed into a tougher tier-system under the Government’s COVID Winter Plan, the prime minister has announced.

First mass testing programme rolled out in Wales

23/11/2020

Wales’s first COVID-19 mass testing programme is being rolled out in Merthyr Tydfil Borough.

Council chiefs call for ‘greater local oversight’ of test and trace

20/11/2020

Local authority leaders have called for ‘greater local oversight and involvement’ when it comes to COVID-19 testing and tracing.

Derby council ‘delighted’ arena to be COVID-19 vaccination centre

20/11/2020

The leader of Derby City Council has welcomed the decision to consider making Derby Arena a temporary COVID-19 vaccination centre.

COVID-19 testing pilot for care homes launched

16/11/2020

The Government has announced a new pilot that will see friends and family members of some care home residents in Hampshire, Cornwall and Devon offered regular COVID-19 tests.

Councils bid for vaccine role

16/11/2020

Councils have made a bid to play a key role in distributing the new coronavirus vaccine.

People with learning disabilities six times more likely to die from COVID-19

13/11/2020

People with a learning disability were up to six times more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first wave of the pandemic than the general population, a report has found.

Commission calls for action to reduce mental health inequalities

12/11/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted existing inequalities in mental health, a new report has warned.

Think tank calls for new health and social care tax

11/11/2020

A new health and social care tax raising £17bn should be the centrepiece of sweeping tax increases to raise £40bn a year, according to a new report from think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

More than 50 councils to receive rapid COVID-19 tests

10/11/2020

More than half a million rapid COVID-19 tests will be sent to public health authorities this week as part of Government plans to roll-out mass testing for the virus.

Councils call for clear lockdown exit strategy

04/11/2020

The Government has been urged to work with councils to develop a clear lockdown exit strategy by the Local Government Association (LGA).

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men at ‘lowest point’ in 20 years

04/11/2020

The number of gay and bisexual men with newly diagnosed HIV has fallen to the lowest point in two decades, according to public health experts.

Liverpool to pilot mass coronavirus testing

03/11/2020

The first pilot of whole city testing for COVID-19 is to be carried out in Liverpool.

Government needs a plan to tackle public service backlog, says IfG

02/11/2020

The Government needs a plan to address backlogs in public services caused by the coronavirus crisis, a new report has claimed.

Nottinghamshire faces tougher Tier 3 lockdown measures

29/10/2020

The whole of Nottinghamshire will be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions from midnight Friday after a deal was reached between the Government and all nine local councils.

Baroness Lawrence calls for urgent action to tackle structural racial inequalities

27/10/2020

Structural racism meant Black, Asian and minority ethnic people were disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, a new review has warned.

Nearly 80 health groups join forces to press the Government to tackle health inequalities

26/10/2020

A coalition of nearly 80 organisations has been launched in order to pressure the Government into tackling health inequalities.

Wales to introduce coronavirus 'firebreak'

20/10/2020

A two-week 'firebreak' will be introduced in Wales this Friday to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

COVID 'magnifying' health and care inequalities

16/10/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has ‘exacerbated’ existing problems in social care and magnified health inequalities, a report has warned today.

Starmer calls for ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown

14/10/2020

Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged the Government to follow the advice of their scientific advisers and bring in a short lockdown of two or three weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19.

PM pledges extra £1bn for local government amid three-tier system

12/10/2020

Boris Johnson has announced a further £1bn in funding for local government as the country heads into the second wave of COVID-19.

Cold and damp homes putting millions more at risk of COVID-19, report warns

22/09/2020

Millions of people living in cold and damp homes could be more at risk of contracting coronavirus this winter, a new report has warned.

Report highlights impact of 'broken' food system

21/09/2020

There has been little progress in mending the 'broken' food system over the past three years, a report has warned today.

New parents asked to answer questionnaire on early years’ development

18/09/2020

New parents and health service professionals are being asked to contribute to a Government review on ways to improve the healthy development of infants.

Welsh sport and leisure sector welcomes £14m recovery funding

17/09/2020

The Welsh government has announced a £14m funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Parents call on councils to improve school air quality

15/09/2020

Parents call on councils to improve air quality as research suggests 50% reduction in pollution could halve number of children?with?poor lung function.

Care home providers warned of Covid-19 rise

14/09/2020

Department of Health & Social Care has written to care home providers in England warning them of the risk of a rise in coronavirus cases in the care sector.

Download forthcoming NHS Covid app, council chiefs say

14/09/2020

Local authority leaders have urged everyone to download the forthcoming NHS Covid-19 app once it is available as fears of a second wave of coronavirus rise.

Councils welcome decision not to ease restrictions in Trafford and Bolton

03/09/2020

Lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Bolton and Trafford following a request from council leaders.

New scheme to support self-isolating workers does not go ‘far enough’, Burnham says

27/08/2020

Mayor Andy Burnham has criticised the Government’s announcement of a new payment for people who are self-isolating, arguing it ‘goes nowhere near far enough’.

Local authorities struggling to enforce rules on chemical safety

24/08/2020

Councils unable to enforce rules on chemical safety as new research shows one in four products tested contain dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals.

Fifth of care homes took on Covid patients, survey reveals

24/08/2020

One in five care homes had to accept patients discharged from hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 during the early part of the pandemic, a survey has found.

Government announces nearly £600m to help people return home from hospital

24/08/2020

People needing care after being discharged from hospital will be supported by a £588m fund to cover social care or costs of care at home, Government says.

Council chiefs warn of ‘surge’ of post-lockdown dental treatments

24/08/2020

Local authority leaders have warned of a potential post-coronavirus surge of dental treatments following the lifting of lockdown.

Hancock under pressure on anti-obesity plans following PHE closure

24/08/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock is under growing pressure today to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity following his decision to close down Public Health England (PHE).

Government announces £3m fund to support babies from deprived or BAME backgrounds

21/08/2020

The Government has announced a new £3.3m fund to give babies from deprived areas or BAME backgrounds the best start in life.

West Midlands councils warn they are at a ‘crossroads’ in fight against Covid-19

21/08/2020

Seven West Midlands councils have called for support to ensure that Covid-19 testing is widely available as the Birmingham CC warns they are ‘at a crossroads’.

Government announces ‘legally binding targets’ to tackle climate change

19/08/2020

The Government has set out a series of legally binding targets under the Environment Bill to combat climate change.

Council chiefs urge parents to ensure vaccinations are ‘up to date’

17/08/2020

Local authorities are urging parents, families and guardians to contact their local GP, school or health centre to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

Government announces £5m for COVID-19 ‘social prescribing’

17/08/2020

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5m to help people stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdown restrictions extended in northern England

17/08/2020

Restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 have been extended in parts of the North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester after the number of infections failed to drop.

Councils to pilot new NHS Test and Trace app

14/08/2020

The Isle of Wight Council and Newham Council are trialling the revamped NHS Test and Trace app.

COVID-19 test reveals 6% of population infected by mid-July

13/08/2020

The first report from the world’s largest home antibody testing programme tracking COVID-19 in England has found 6% of the population is infected with coronavirus.

Demand could overwhelm mental health services, report warns

12/08/2020

People with mental health issues are at risk of not getting the support they need due to increasing demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has warned today.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

Progress on health and social care pledges to be rated under new system

05/08/2020

The Government's progress on health and social care pledges will be evaluated under a new rating system, the Health and Social Care Committee has announced.

Council launches local test and trace system

05/08/2020

Blackburn with Darwen Council has launched a local coronavirus tracing system in partnership with Public Health England.

'Breathable billboard' unveiled as part of air quality campaign

31/07/2020

A 'breathable billboard' has been launched to help encourage local authorities to tackle air pollution as part of the COVID-19 recovery strategy.

Hancock's new rules to halt COVID spread

31/07/2020

New rules on social gatherings have been introduced in Northern England as the number of COVID cases has started to rise.

National Food Strategy calls for more free school meals

29/07/2020

Free school dinners should be extended to every child where their parent or guardian is receiving Universal Credit, a report has recommended today.

Continuing down the path to hepatitis C elimination

28/07/2020

Rachel Halford explains how multi-agency partnership working during the pandemic has helped to test and treat people for the hepatitis C virus.

New design toolkit to create 'healthy housing'

24/07/2020

New design guidance to ensure housing developments create healthier communities has been launched.

Millions more people to be offered free flu vaccine

24/07/2020

More than 30 million people in England will be offered a free flu vaccination in a bid to ease the pressure on the NHS this winter.

Luton takes steps to avoid a local lockdown

23/07/2020

Luton Borough Council has urged residents to get tested for coronavirus after a rise in infections rates in the area.

Hancock announces plans to share more data

20/07/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to share more data with local government in a bid to help track and trace COVID-19 cases more effectively.

Leisure centres under threat, warn councils

20/07/2020

Hundreds of leisure facilities are under ‘immediate threat of closure’ due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned ministers.

Leicester mayor ‘frustrated’ by extended lockdown

17/07/2020

The Government has been accused of taking a ‘sledgehammer approach’ to the local lockdown of Leicester by mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.

PM announces new powers for local lockdown

17/07/2020

Councils will get new powers to shut down premises in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus as we head towards the next phase of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has announced.

Blackburn with Darwen announces new local measures to control virus

15/07/2020

Blackburn with Darwen Council has introduced five new local measures to control the spread of coronavirus, including wearing masks in all enclosed public spaces.

Government 'failed to prepare' on PPE, say MPs

08/07/2020

The Government has failed to ensure there is enough personal protective equipment (PPE) in the event of a second wave of coronavirus, a watchdog has warned today.

Less than one in seven people are now smokers, data reveals

08/07/2020

The number of smokers in the UK has fallen from 14.7% in 2018 to 14.1% in 2019, according to official figures.

Call for £5.5bn to level up access to urban green spaces

07/07/2020

The prime minister has been urged to invest £5.5bn to 'level up' access to urban green spaces by a coalition of councils, city leaders and charities.

Local public health teams should manage contact tracing, poll reveals

02/07/2020

Two-thirds of the public want local public health teams to be in charge of the contact tracing system, a new poll has revealed.

Parks are a 'smart investment' argues new report

24/06/2020

Parks save the health service over £2bn a year making them a ‘smart investment’, according to the Parks Alliance (TPA).

Hand health powers to elected mayors, says report

23/06/2020

Health powers should be handed to elected mayors as part of a ‘rejuvenated and fortified wave of devolution,’ a think-tank report has suggested.

Saliva coronavirus test to be trialled in Southampton

22/06/2020

Southampton City Council will be piloting a new ‘no-swab’ saliva test for coronavirus.

Khan calls for face masks to be mandatory

19/06/2020

Mayor of London yesterday called on the Government to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory for customers in shops and other confined public spaces.

Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns

16/06/2020

Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.

Campaigners call for details on reopening playgrounds

04/06/2020

The Government has been urged to invest £100m in play provision to avoid a ‘catastrophic’ impact on children’s health by the Association of Play Industries (API).

Why recovery will bring a new healthcare estate

03/06/2020

Gareth Banks explains why Covid-19 will create a new impetus to revise healthcare estates and build a health infrastructure that can support new demands.

Contact tracing app could leave ‘many behind’ charity warns

03/06/2020

The government's contact tracing app could exacerbate existing health inequalities, a charity has warned today.

Alliance calls to extend gambling harm protections after lockdown

02/06/2020

Measures to protect people from gambling harm should be extended beyond the lockdown, the Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) has said.

Betts calls for clarity on local outbreak control plans

02/06/2020

Councils need more clarity on the role they will play in devising local outbreak control plans, the chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has said.

Pan-London partnership for PPE launched

19/05/2020

A new pan-London partnership has been established to provide personal protective equipment or care homes and other frontline services.

Johnson announces £600m for infection control in care homes

14/05/2020

Councils have welcomed the £600m extra funding for infection control within care homes.

North West mayors call for regional data on Covid-19 infection rates

13/05/2020

Two mayors have called on the Government to publish a regional breakdown of the 'R' infection rate for coronavirus.

Leeds chief takes on key contract tracing role

13/05/2020

Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan will take on a key role in the Government’s contact tracing programme in the battle against coronavirus.

Councils urge people to avoid tourist hotspots

12/05/2020

Council leaders and tourism bodies have warned that local residents could be put at risk if people flock to tourist hotspots now the lockdown restrictions have been eased.

Over one million food boxes delivered to clinically vulnerable

07/05/2020

Local authorities have helped deliver more than one million food boxes to the most clinically vulnerable.

Researchers propose a two-tier approach to ending lockdown

06/05/2020

The UK should adopt a twin approach to relaxing restrictions for lockdown in order to protect the most vulnerable, academics have said.

Two councils join forces to address health inequalities

06/05/2020

Two councils have joined together to tackle health inequalities affecting Black African and Caribbean communities.

Only 22% of social care workers have been able to access Covid-19 testing

06/05/2020

Less than a quarter of social care workers have been able to access testing for Covid-19, a new survey has revealed.

Vulnerable people struggling to access food, watchdog warns

05/05/2020

Vulnerable people are still struggling to access food and basic supplies during the pandemic, a consumer watchdog has warned today.

Council staff to test contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight

05/05/2020

Council staff on the Isle of Wight will be the first to test a new contact tracing app to help control the spread of coronavirus.

Deprived areas see twice as many deaths from Covid-19

01/05/2020

The most deprived areas have experienced twice as many deaths from Covid-19 than the least deprived, new figures show.

Coronavirus testing extended to frontline council staff

24/04/2020

Council staff with symptoms of Covid-19 will be able to get tested for the virus, the Government has announced.

Coronavirus testing to be rolled out across social care sector

15/04/2020

The Government has pledged to offer testing for coronavirus to all social care staff and care home residents.

Officials warn coronavirus impact could trigger measles outbreak

15/04/2020

The UK is at risk of a measles outbreak if routine vaccinations are delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Measles & Rubella Initiative has warned.

Spike in deaths led to fears of care homes crisis

14/04/2020

A huge spike in the number of UK deaths has led to fears the pandemic is rife in care homes.

Testing to be rolled out to care workers

09/04/2020

Coronavirus testing could soon be rolled out to care home workers, MPs have been told.

Study questions impact of closing schools to contain coronavirus

08/04/2020

School closures have not had a ‘significant effect’ on preventing the spread of coronavirus, a new study has revealed.

Counties voice concern over capacity of community pharmacies

07/04/2020

County councils have warned that local pharmacies could struggle to deliver medicine in rural and remote locations.

Charity warns of ‘unacceptable decline in life expectancy’ in poor areas

27/03/2020

A health charity has warned that even before the current pandemic the UK was experiencing a decline in life expectancy in the poorer parts of the country.

Hotels supporting key workers and homeless to stay open

26/03/2020

Hotels, hostels and B&Bs supporting key workers and vulnerable people are to remain open as part of the effort to contain the coronavirus.

‘Social care needs you’, retired care workers told

26/03/2020

Council chiefs urge retired care workers to return to work in order to boost an over-stretched social care workforce in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Social workers ‘urgently’ need hand sanitizer, survey reveals

25/03/2020

Social workers have called on the Government to provide them with safety equipment in order to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Charity says it ‘defies belief’ that renters evicted during a pandemic

24/03/2020

Shelter has warned that legislation to suspend new eviction cases during the coronavirus pandemic does not go far enough as 20,000 evictions set to go ahead.

Scottish council chiefs welcome extra social care support

24/03/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Scottish government’s commitment to give extra support to councils to support social care in the face of Covid-19.

Government issues guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

23/03/2020

Social workers who need to investigate child protection concerns should be admitted to the home while taking infection control measures, according to guidance.

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